The 2018-19 school year marks Jeff Willner’s 33rd year as a high school music teacher. He began his teaching career at the tender age of 23 at Gunn High School in 1985 after student teaching with local band legend Robert Gomez at Cupertino High School.
From there, there were teaching stints at Los Altos, Santa Clara, and Saint Francis High Schools until his most recent and final stop here at Paly. Says Mr. Willner, “These past 18 years have seen the establishment of a very strong instrumental program. We are able to do amazing things here and, with the great support we have built over the past few years, we will be able to continue the pattern of growth in musical excellence.”
Mr. Willner holds a BA in Music from San Jose State University, an MA in Music Ed from The Ohio State University and an MA in School Administration from Santa Clara University. A trumpet player, he was a long standing member of the San Jose Wind Symphony (formerly San Jose City College Band) and played local shows and other small jobs until the birth of his first children. These last couple of years he has, once again, begun a private trumpet studio at his home and is playing in a few community bands and groups.
Mr. Willner lives with his wife of 31 years Inger. Together, they have four children, Celia and David, who are twins; and Isabel and Anne, who are also twins. A self-described “homebody,” Mr. Willner loves nothing more than to hang around at home with the family and work on their ca. 1875 home. Much time is also spent watching his kids in their various activities.
The 2018-2019 year will be Greg Miller’s 15th year teaching instrumental music. Greg began his teaching career at The University of Akron gaining valuable experience assisting the conductors of the 3 concert bands, the marching band, as well as directing the basketball pep band. He has additional experience teaching public school in Ohio and has most recently spent 6 years at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto.
Mr. Miller holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from The University of Akron. His mentor teachers include Robert Jorgensen, Galen Karriker, Laurie Lafferty, Ann Usher, Gene Milford, Edward Zadrozny, Tucker Jolly, and Scott Johnston.
Greg, a trombone player, currently performs with the San Jose Wind Symphony. He also performs at local churches, community theater, and school theater groups.
Greg lives with his wife, Carrie and their daughter Aria. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, hiking, exploring new restaurants, and just spending time at home relaxing.